Language Placement and Credit

PLEASE DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS REGARDING LANGUAGE TO THE LANGUAGE COORDINATOR.  INQUIRIES TO THE UNDERGRADUATE CHAIR OR CONCENTRATION ADVISOR WILL NOT BE ANSWERED OR ACKNOWLEDGED.

PLACEMENT
Students beginning language instruction should register for the elementary level of the language they wish to study.  Languages cannot be started in the spring as spring courses are a continuation of what was taught in the Fall.  If you are continuing a language begun elsewhere, either in middle school, high school or at another college or university, you must take the placement exam for that language.  This ensures that you do not take a class that is too difficult for you or covers what you have already learned.  Without proper placement, you will not be permitted to remain in the course for credit.

The Chinese Placement Test is given every Fall prior to the start of classes.  Information for upcoming test dates will be listed on our homepage.  Registration is not required.  For placement exams in Japanese or Korean, contact the Language Coordinator.

THE LANGUAGE CERTIFICATE 
Students wishing to pursue advanced language study but who cannot or do not want to fulfill the requirements of a major or minor may apply for the Language Certificate.  The minimum requirement for the certificate is three courses BEYOND proficiency (or the equivalent total of seven courses) in the same language.  Courses taught in literature and culture in the original language are accepted.  Approved Study Abroad courses may also be accepted.  Only courses for which a grade of "B+" or above is given will count toward the certificate.

Completion of the certificate will be noted on the student's transcript and at graduation.  Applications may be obtained in the department office or can be downloaded here.

ADVISING
Please see the following faculty members for questions regarding language placement, credit, course recommendations or general information about the particular language.

 

DIRECTORS 

     

Chinese Lanugage: Dr. Mien-hwa Chiang (A - F)
  702 Williams Hall
  mhchiang@sas.upenn.edu
  215-898-6338
   
  Dr. Maiheng Dietrich (G - Z)
  701 Williams Hall
  maiheng@sas.upenn.edu
  215-573-4472
   
Japanese Lanugage: Ms. Tomoko Takami
  850 Williams Hall
  ttakami@sas.upenn.edu
  215-898-7459
   
Korean Language: Ms. Haewon Cho
  802 Williams Hall
  haewcho@sas.upenn.edu
  215-898-6049